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Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail

June 1, 2018

Bobwhite hunting has been a hunter’s sport for over 100 years and often done so with the aid of a canine companion. Many hunters hunt these brave birds within the area of South Carolina, where the sport is most popular. However Middle Georgia holds just as much opportunity for Quail hunting. Georgia Quail hunting is a much more common activity for those who want an affordable Bobwhite Quail hunting experience. Bobwhite Quail hunting is a classic and timeless gentleman’s sport.

What does a Bobwhite Quail Look Like?

You can encounter different types of quail depending on where you are hunting. Quail is a fairly small bird, but different races have unique features that make them easier to separate. Bobwhite Quails are the most common type of Quail in Georgia. They can be identified by their distinctive black and white striped face, and brown chestnut in color body, with a scaled white underbelly. These moderately sized quail sport a small crest on their heads as well. Their body can be described as rounded and chunky compared to other quail species. They have short tails with rounded bodies and wings. The Bobwhite quail is also known as the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) and is also referred to as the Virginia quail.

Where to find the Bobwhite Quail?

The Northern Bobwhite quail dwells on the ground.  They are mostly found in fields, open woodland areas, and grasslands. You will also see them hanging around wood edges and roadsides. This bird is native to North America, Northern Central America, as well as the Caribbean. Bobwhite Quails were originally classified with the Old World quails in the pheasant family. However, those are not particularly closely related. The name “bobwhite” comes from its atypical whistling call. This is because their whistling call sounds like “bob-WHITE” or “bob-bob-WHITE”. It is very distinctive and recognizable once you hear it. They whistle slowly, with fairly large gaps in between the syllables.  There is often a full octave difference between the beginning and end of their pitch. They also make little peeps, and the speed of their whistling accelerates rapidly when they are warning each other of any danger around them.

A known but declining Species

The northern bobwhite is discrete and secretive. Nonetheless, it is one of the most known quails in eastern North America. This is due to the fact that it is the only quail in its range. The northern bobwhite population in eastern North America has seen a decline of almost 85% since the 1960s. Habitat degradation is the most likely contributing factor to this decline. It is worth noting that the decline has affected other types of quails, not just the Bobwhite quail alone. This is why we make a lot of efforts to manage the quail population on our plantation. We want to ensure that our quail numbers maintain a healthy level so that they are available every year during the quail hunting season.

The Male Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite males are a small breed of Quail. You can recognize them from the peak or short crest on their head. Their face shows distinctive black-and-white stripes. They sport a white throat and a brown crown on top of their head. Most of their upper parts show a chestnut color, while their underparts display a scaled pattern of brown and white colors.

The Female Northern Bobwhite

The female Northern Bobwhite is also small in size. It differs from its male counterpart with white, black, and brown colors speckled all around its body. They can also be distinguished by the buffy stripe near their eyes, as well as a buffy throat. They look distinctively different from males, making it easy to recognize the difference between male and female bobwhite quails.

We hope you enjoy reading up a little on the Bobwhite Quail. Knowing more always makes for a better hunt. At Gray Ghost Plantation we maintain a healthy quail population by managing our land between and during the hunting seasons.  If you are interested in hunting this great and chunky little bird, you can book a quail hunt or even call us at 478-334-5841. Make sure to ask us any questions to find out more about our Quail hunting packages. We will guide you towards the options that work best for you.